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| Union of the Federal Cizland |
Unión de la Cizlanda Federal (es)
|Capital (and largest city)|| Bál (executive) |
|Government||Ultra-Federal Directory with Direct democracy|
|-Federal Presidency|| Richard Garrshire|
Juan Pablo Arimatea
|Established||- April 1st, 2012|
|Legislature|| Legislative Councils |
(none at federal level) 
|Demonym||Cizlandese, Cizlandic, Cizs|
The Union of the Federal Cizland (Spanish: Unión de la Cizlanda Federal), is an Andean-Venezuelan micronation of South America. It is a confederation that is comprised of three prefectures, Cizlanda-Valdazúl, the former Czea; Montriac, the former Republic of Montriac; and Patirí, the former Chipitocoland. It has three simultaneous legislative bodies that work independently from the Federal government, which is led by the Federal Presidency. Cizland is a multicultural, "semi-secessionist" entity-project that sits around the arch of the city of Mérida in Venezuela. Since the emission of the PACFET, the Pacto Federal de Tres on April 1, 2012, Cizland is an official micronation, and an independent nation in the eyes of the organs of the nation.
Mérida was founded by Juan Rodríguez Suárez on October 9, 1558 in one of the Pamplonian mining expeditions he led. He named the city after his birthplace, Mérida. The first settlement of Mérida was not the current one but 30km to the south, in Xamú, where today stands Lagunillas. Nevertheless, Rodríguez Suárez had to move the settlement in November 1559 to nearby El Punto (presently the Zumba area of Mérida), because of constant confrontations with the native neighbours.
Rodríguez Suárez's foundation had not been authorized by the New Granadian authorities, so in 1560 they sent Juan de Maldonado to arrest Juan Rodríguez and regularize the new city. On June 24 Maldonado moved Mérida to its present location on the plateau and rechristened it as "Santiago de los Caballeros". The city then came to be governed by the corregimiento of Tunja until 1607, when it became itself a corregimiento of the Audiencia of Santa Fe.
With the catastrophically negative results of the first and second stages of the Faryar Project, the announcement of the dissolution of Faryar went public. The plans for a new micronation that would secede from Faryar started, in already late December 2011. The first ideas for the name included Patirí, a name that the Prime Minister Oviedo accepted. This name would later be changed to Cutay Patirí. With the creation of the Council for Transition, created out of Leything members, these ideas where cut off due to their indigenous origins shocking and offending the conservative Council. A new name was proposed in order to convince the Council, Trinitagua. Out of six votes, five where in favor. Trinitagua was going to be the new micronation. This name was intended to represent an independent nation, but a proposal by the Tianan government appeared. Trinitagua would become a Special Administrative Region (S.A.R.) of the People's Republic of Tiana. This happened already in 2012, and the original idea was to declare Faryar a SAR and become Trinitagua in November 2012, but the Tianan government in permission with the Trinitaguan delegation, the time to wait was reduced to February 28th, 2012. These plans continued and with the Trinitaguan admission many changes in Tiana were starting, including symbolism and government-regarding systems. The name of Trinitagua suddenly created a dislike between the population of the region, including the to-be leader of this nation, Richard Garrshire. The name of "Montriac" was proposed to please the Trinitaguan government, a mission that succeeded. Montriac was gaining popularity as a Tianan subordinate, but the internal problems where still forming a long list. The SAR of Montriac was not a very good idea for the former royal houses of Berin, Dussmark and Montblanc, that where claiming the throne since a time ago. Finally, the idea of a Tianan Montriac was broken by the small benefits that the Montrésque state had as a Tianan entity and as a sub-national state, and the Principality idea came out. The prince would be the leader of the House of Chiari, Claudio Chiari.
Koss and Montriac had increasingly close diplomacy, talks and relations. The two nations were the most active micronations in the South American region, and they were getting to a point of conclusion. The idea of a merger between the two royalist states soon appeared, with the governments of the two nations taking it well. The original pointed date for the union was March 1st, but it was moved to March 2nd thanks to the benefits of having the future Emperor, Lucas Campos, back in its home state after a tour of France and Germany.
Depeçi da lit
Depeçi da lit is the term given to a combination of factors that created a great depression between the Montresque people in the beginnings of March 2012. The population, thanks to the taxes imposed by the government, was slowly losing interest in the micronational project and even leaving Montriac. This also caused a rupture in the economy that led not only to the drain of the Montresque reserve but also an external debt, a 10% of the last recorded amount of money saved in the reserve. The government in base of the Archduke's advice, convinced a small part of the population to stay in the Archduchy, knocking down the tax affair. The population descended a 66.6% of its size. After this, the government was broken, many governmental officers had left and the interest of the citizens for the Montresque politics was almost nonexistent; and because of this, the Prime Minister decided to order an absolute monarchy under Lucas I until a new better government system can be applied, and the interest of the citizens is recovered.
The 12 of March of 2012, after several disputes between the central government of Koss and the Emperor and the Montrésque delegation led by Richard Garrshire as main messenger of the Montrésque community; the Imperial executive reached to a decision, freeing Montriac. But this was under strict conditions described in a letter sent by the Kossian Emperor to the Montrésque delegation, which were described as follows:
|“|| *"Montriac will not be considered the successor of the Kossian Empire"
The terms of the letter were heavily criticized by Garbiso, who refused to accept the stipulated conditions and decided to seek for external support. The Kossian Empire has not recognized the Montrésque declaration of independence to this date.
Czea declared independence from Montriac creating a third state in the city and a third state involved in the crisis. The Free People's State declared independence when, finally, the Montrésque president Ysabel Rojas agreed the conditions stipulated by the Kossian Emperor Lucas Campos in the Montriac letter, creating another state in the sector and sealing the "crisis".
With previous support of the People's Republic of Tiana, Czean communist leader Emiliana Torroja lead a socialist coup in the name to kick out the Christian Democratic Party out of the Cabinet, which had more power than the legislature, and overthrow Juan Pablo Arimatea as Premier. With the permission of the Captain-General Richard Garrshire, Torroja was undemocratically elected as Captain-General and took out of power any member of the Chrisitan Democratic Party, leading the Socialist Unity Party to victory and disestablishing the Social Democratic Party and turning it in part of the SUP. Previously Torroja had criticized the decisions of the Cabinet and mentioned in several times the biblical orientation of the Cabinet members, which was a "threat to democracy".
When the period for which the Montrésque state had been asked to retain its monarchy ended, Czea and Chipitocoland were already set to create an alliance with Montriac. The Montrésque delegation to both nations did not last for long before the idea was considered a serious proposal to Rojas' presidency. The three states agreed to found the state the March 26th, but it was not a consolidated idea until March 29th, and it was decided that the state would be created the first day of April.
Most of the Cizlandese people, the Cizs (Cizneses) are ethnically Latinos, mostly of Basque and Galician origin. The few "citizens" of Cizland are inside the group with Spanish descendecy and Venezuelan indigenous peoples, the most common ethnic group of the Mérida state in which the state seats and in the whole complete Venezuelan territory.
Government and politics
|Union of the Federal Cizland|
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The Cizlandese government is based in the ideal of three simultaneous governments working as a sole in conjunct, and to make this possible, the state has renounced to the right of the legislative power. The legislative power is nonexistent in the federal say, the first level of the Cizlandic political structure. The three state legislatures of the three prefectures of Cizland are the ones that decide in conjunct. The state governments are lead by the Local Minister and the Governor, the head of state and head of government respectively. In contrast, the Federal government is lead by a directory, the Federal Presidency, that counts with five members and that work as a sole complete body. The Federal Presidency is chaired by the Federal President of the Union or President of Cizland.
Cizland does not have only one capital, but it has 3 different capitals for different purposes. Each of the 3 federal capitals are the 3 capitals of the three prefectures.
Cizland has several levels of political structuring, according to the PACFET. Most important of these levels is the division of the country into three entities: Cizlanda-Valdazúl, Montriac and Patirí. Cizlanda-Valdazúl covers most of Cizland's total area, while Montriac and Patirí are a minority in territorial terms. The entities, based largely on the territories held by the three warring sides at the time, were formally established by the PACFET to promote the ideal of a united multicultural state. Entities still have numerous powers to themselves.
The third level of the political structure are the districts, in which all of the major political entities are divided in. In total, Cizland is divided in 15 districts, 6 in Cizlanda-Valdazúl, 5 in Montriac and 4 in Patirí.
The fourth level of political division in Cizland is the sectors. Cizlanda-Valdazúl is divided in 33 sectors, Montriac in 21 and Patirí in 52; to make a total of 106 sectors in the whole state. Sectors do not have their own local government. As such, not many sectors have a long tradition and history with their present boundaries.
Foreign affairs in Cizland are conducted by the Federal Department of External Affairs. This particular department is considered the most important one among the Federal Departments, and its headquarters are located in the city of Bál. Cizland has many informal friendships, relations with nations such as Tiana and Atlantis are particularly close. According to Cizland's foreign policy, treaties cannot be signed unless it is with physical presence. Terms such as "alliance" are banned in the Federal Department, since it's considered an obsolete term and any invitations using this kind of terms can be rejected.
The Cizlandic culture closely resembles that of Andean Folklore and is in fact the main, if not defining, example of this folklore. Montrésques, with deep connections to their culture, are characterized by their well-preserved traditions and slow, unhurried way of life. Cizland itself can be recognized by its famous social scene, the local art and craftwork, and the unique regional cuisine.
Festivals and local customs
Several festivals take place Cizland. Most are religious celebrations, and a few - such as the famous Méridan "Feria del Sol" or "Sun Fair" that takes place in the beginning of February - are of an international scale, and Cizland enjoys it as much as its macronational relatives.
For Cizs, the most important and famous religious traditions are those celebrated by the city's Christian devotees during Christmas and Holy Week. These festivities include La Quema del Año Viejo (Burning of the Past Year), La Pasión Viviente de Cristo (Christ's Living Passion) and La Paradura del Niño (Christ Child's Standing) celebrated with prayers, song, fireworks, wine and cake.
Another of the more popular local customs (those without official government sanction) are the Caravanas Estudiantiles, student processionals organized by and for high school or university graduates upon earning their degree, to which many Cizs attend.
This tradition has been extended to include younger students who have completed their primary or elementary education. Such celebrations usually occur during the first days of June for high school graduates, and throughout nearly the entire year for college graduates. Similar festivities can be found in other parts of the country, but the Caravanas of Mérida have a special relevance and importance given the city's large student population, and so, of the influence that gives over Cizland.
The Fiesta de San Benito between January 12 and 31 celebrated with a drummers processions and street dancing; or the Vasallos de la Candelaria, another typical festivity with children and street dancing, are very common in the Méridan zone, and Cizland has adopted them as its own.
Among the most notable dishes is the arepa andina (Andean Arepa), a variant of the traditional Venezuelan arepa made from wheat flour instead of the more common corn. Another notable dish is the pizca andina, common to Mérida, Táchira and the Colombian Andes, a soup with potato, milk, long onion, and parsley. Other important dishes are prepared with trout, the only fish found in the region.
Mérida city's typical brightened sweets, made from a base of milk and other ingredients, are also notable. There is a historical tradition of such sweets, which are said to originate in the convents where they were prepared in the 19th century. Also, one can find alfajores, aliados, and almojabanas. Popular drinks include corn liquor, mistella, and "donkey's milk", which is known as "Andean punch."